So I played Magic: The Gathering this weekend at my locals. I participated in a really big tournament in particular (seven+ rounds with two full booster boxes as prize support for the top eight to split).
I did well at the tournament at first, but then I ended up losing three straight in my last three rounds, unfortunately.
In this type of trading card game, your “sideboard” becomes very important against trickier matchups. Basically, your sideboard has up to 15 “extra” cards you may choose to substitute or add toward you deck for your second/third game of a given tournament match. It is paramount in many cases because your main deck may or may not be suitable for combating your opponent’s deck strategy, so switching in the correct cards can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
My current sideboard consists of the following cards (though I am planning on altering the components a bit):
And of course, just because you sub in your sideboard cards, this does mean you necessarily will see said cards during games two/three of your match.
For instance, one particular opponent of mine today was playing a deck that revolved entirely around Archangel of Thune.
It is a powerful card, but my ghetto common called Plummet hard-counters it.
However, in this case of Plummet, I only have two to sideboard into my deck between matches. This means I have a 2/60 chance (0.03 percent) to draw them, let alone play them against my opponent.
So had I been able to pull Plummet in games two/three for this particular opponent, I definitely would have won for sure. I would have sent his angel to the ground the moment I saw her.
Alas, card games are all about variance anyway. They can be extremely fun, but sometimes Lady Luck, the “Heart of the Cards” or whatever you want to call it just doesn’t love you on certain days. As a result, you end up being the guy/gal who reaches out to shake your opponent’s hand to concede in the end. “GG” indeed.
Not seeing your sideboard cards for your additional matches is quite normal, albeit frustrating. After all, if a standard deck has 60 cards, your odds of drawing certain cards is always changing. Unless you have ways of fetching specific cards or effectively enhancing your card advantage, banking on statistics may be your only option as a player sometimes.
Maybe I just need to believe in my deck more?